Laura’s driven by her passion to combine interpersonal communication, usability and human advocacy in order to assist diverse populations. She specializes in assessing user needs and developing effective collaborative technologies. Laura graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering while also concurrently earning two separate graduate certificates in Usability and Global Health.
Graduate fieldwork led her to Uganda to assist in testing a portable ultrasound device with midwives in rural communities. You can see how Laura brings together her interests of usability and Global Health at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center where she is a Science Communication Fellow and recently created an exhibit that looks at the usability of bed nets in malaria-proned environments.
When Laura isn't out making the world a better place, she can be found running around Capitol Lake with Club Oly, riding to Rainier for some delicious cookies or cuddling with her feline sidekick, Molly-Moo.
First creative memory
My mom would probably answer with me thinking it was a good idea to draw our family portrait with crayons on her white living room wall when I was 4 years old. The next iteration was a paper model!
Your career thus far, in a nutshell
In a nutshell I went from College graduate > Ad Writer > Continuity Director > Nanny > Full time student and waitress > Global Health fellow > User researcher > User Centered Design Consultant > Ginger ninja
Favorite place in the world
Top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park